Robert Lane - IFSC President

Robert Lane

Welcome from the President

I am delighted to welcome you to our new website.

Over the years IFSC has worked hard with likeminded groups to raise awareness of global surgery and in particular the need to improve emergency surgical and anaesthesia care in LMICs. All our efforts culminated at the WHA in Geneva on May 22nd 2015 when a Resolution was unanimously passed on “Strengthening Emergency and Essential Surgical Care and Anaesthesia as a Component of Universal Health Coverage”. This was a major achievement.

IFSC is a voice for global surgery with a particular focus on education and training, predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa where the needs are greatest. One implication of the above Resolution is the need to dramatically increase the capacity of those undertaking surgery which will mean rapidly scaling up surgical education and training. IFSC is in a position to support such endeavours and is keen to do so by working in collaboration with WHO and many other organisations such as the Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma and Anaesthesia Care – The G4 Alliance, of which the IFSC is delighted to be a founder member.

In fact we are already one step ahead and are designing a 1 year course in Emergency Surgery for AMO’s at the Tanzania Training Centre for International Health, Ifakara which was incidentally one of the 8 cities in the world chosen for the Safe Surgery Saves Lives campaign. A pilot course is due to begin next year and it is hoped that, if successful, it could be a blueprint for LMICS elsewhere.

IFSC has designed a new Research Skills Course which has been piloted in Ethiopia with two further courses held.  It is proving a great success and will be reviewed with COSECSA for inclusion in their educational programme.

Please let me know, if it is within our remit, of any concerns or comments you may have regarding Global Surgery. We hope to liaise with many of you who share our aim of increasing safe surgical care in situations where it is desperately needed.

Robert HS Lane MS, FRCS Eng, FRCS Ed (ad.hom), FACS, FWACS (Hon), FCS (ECSA)

Executive Board

Immediate Past President & Permanent Representative of IFSC to the World Health Organization
Professor S.W.A. Gunn, MD, DSc(Hon), FRCSC, FRCSI (Hon), Dr h c

Paul Gartell – MS, FRCS

Secretary General
Abebe Bekele, MD, FCS. Associate Professor of Surgery, General & Thoracic Surgeon, Dean, School of Medicine, Addis Ababa University

Chairman, Education and Research Committee
JS (Fanus) Dreyer MBChB(Stell), MMed(Surg), FCS(SA), FRCSEd, FCS(ECSA), M.Ed(Lond)

Administration Manager
Mrs Bhavnita Patel BA (Hons)